PATRICK McDUFF: Basics of life should come before dreams for trails

TO THE EDITOR:

After reading the article, “SMARTrail, community discuss trail development,” in the April 4 edition of the News Advocate, and seeing the projected costs of the proposed trail project (in conjunction with the bridge repairs on M-55) and all of the hype that is associated with the improvement plan for the county, I am left scratching my head and wondering where our principles as a society took a wrong turn?

With so many people struggling to get the basics of life (housing, food, education, health care, etc.), right here in Manistee County, and just about everywhere else, I have a hard time understanding how people can think that a trail, that will cost millions of dollars for a very small portion, is even worthy of consideration.

Until we, as a society, have a serious reality check the onerous issues that are degrading and plaguing our society will only continue to grow and get much worse. The dreams of parks and trails are good, but maybe they should be put on the back burner until we have figured out a way for everyone to enjoy the basics of life first. That way everyone will be more likely to be able to enjoy the benefits that trails and parks have to offer.

Patrick McDuff

Wellston

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